I came across this article titled, 5 Moms Share the Exact Moment They Felt Like a Real Mom. I found it sweet how these mothers shared their experiences of when it clicked for them that they were in fact mothers. Some moms felt like a “real mom” during pregnancy, others not until weeks after their child was born.
Reading this article, I could recall the exact moment I felt like a real mom, so I decided I would share with you all. My first pregnancy felt like a rollercoaster ride to be honest; many ups and downs. I was younger, finishing up college, and unsure of a lot of things, just beginning to figure out who I was. I felt like I was going through the motions, but the fact that my whole life was about to change hadn’t hit me.
My first son was induced (and he was the only one of my children to have a “normal” birth story; I’ll share my other birth stories at some point!). I remember making sure we had all our necessities and things we wanted for our hospital stay, and making that trip to the hospital, and it still did not feel real. Later, I can recall being checked into our room, receiving Pitocin, contractions beginning, being extremely uncomfortable, trying many different positions to find comfort, being so hungry & thirsty, probably driving my man crazy (lol), receiving my epidural, throwing up, my water breaking, being told to start pushing, and it still did not feel real.
The moment I felt like a real mom wasn’t until I pushed Isaiah out, and for a second it was quiet, and for that second my heart froze. For that split second, I could not breathe; I could not breathe until I heard Isaiah’s sweet little cry. One (of three) of the best sounds I’ve ever heard in my life. All of a sudden every thing felt so real, and in that moment, I knew I would give my life a million times over for that little baby boy. That is the exact moment I felt like a real mom.
Three boys later and there’s no denying I’m a real mom now, lol. I’ve got the mom look, the lame mom jokes, the mom pants (just for the event I actually have to get dressed because you moms know all we have time to rock is our leggings and mom shirts!), the mom bun, all of it! HAH! But on a serious note, that same feeling I had after Isaiah was born has only intensified times three, there is nothing I wouldn’t do for those little boys. All I want for them is to be safe and happy.
Now a days, I get that “ok, I’m a real mom feeling” again and again every time I empty my online shopping cart because I can think of something I can do for my sons with that money, the nights I don’t sleep because I am worrying about one of my sick children and nursing them back to health, going to more kid’s parties and events than adult ones, whenever I repeat myself for the millionth time to “put your shoes on” or “clean your room”, or find myself counting down from three and thinking “gosh, I sound just like my mom!”, and ohhhh, whenever I end up sharing my meal and give them that last bite of whatever it was that I really preferred eating myself, lol!
Anyway, I want to hear your experiences! Ladies, in what moment did you feel like a real mom!? And for the men readers, when did you feel like a real dad!?